Information for International Students

Applicants who are not current students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) must apply to the CLS program and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Applicants must submit a course-by-course translation reviewed by an evaluation agency. The evaluation must include the statement that the student has obtained the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a US college or university. The evaluation should be sent to the CLS program. Suggested agencies include, but are not limited to:

Credentials Evaluation Service
PO Box 66940
Los Angeles, CA 90066

International Education Evaluation Inc
5030 Flagstone Ct
Harrisburg, NC 28075

International Education Research
Credentials Evaluation Services
PO Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665

Applicants must successfully complete the CLS math and science prerequisites before entering the CLS program. Applicants may take these courses at UNC-Chapel Hill or obtain credit for the courses they have already taken. In order to obtain credit for courses taken outside of the US, students must have a UNC department grant credit for the courses. For example, the Chemistry department must review Chemistry courses and write a letter assigning credit for courses taken at a foreign institution. Applicants should submit documentation of course credits to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Applicants must take the TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not their first language. Official results must be mailed by the TOEFL center directly to the CLS program. For more information about this exam write to:

Test of English as a Foreign Language
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151.

The required minimum total score on the computer-based TOEFL exam is 213 with a minimum score of 18 in each subsection. The required minimum total score on the paper-based TOEFL exam is 550 with a minimum of 50 in each section. TOEFL scores are reportable for a period of two years from date of the exam. Exam results more than two years old will not be reported by ETS, and thus cannot be considered by us. TOEFL scores that are submitted to this institution are kept on file for only one year.

If an applicant has obtained education outside the United States but does not have the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a US college or university, the applicant must complete all the UNC-CH general college requirements for perspectives, foreign language and P.E. and the CLS program math and science prerequisites before entering the CLS program. Students may seek credit for courses taken outside the United State from UNC-Chapel Hill Departments.

Students may wish to enroll through Continuing Studies to complete CLS pre-requisite courses.

From the NCA website: " The Temporary Status by Qualification is a credentialing program that allows international professionals without US clinical experience to demonstrate their knowledge of laboratory science by taking an NCA examination. The TSQ credential is a temporary credential valid for 4 years that is granted to qualifying individuals who pass the examination. During that time, the individual may find domestic clinical experience with the aid of the TSQ as evidence of entry level job knowledge. Upon presentation of acceptable domestic experience as specified in the TSQ application, the TSQ credential will be converted to the appropriate NCA certification. The TSQ credential is offered for the Clinical Laboratory Specialist Generalist and Categoricals, Clinical Laboratory Technician, Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics and Certified Laboratory Specialist in Molecular Biology. A separate application is available for the TSQ program."
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